Schadel’s Two Wins, Exciting Finishes Highlight Fair Racing

BY A NECK — Broadway Voyage, with Steve Schoeffel in the bike, overtook Keystone Victoria, driven by Todd Schadel, a few strides before the finish line to win the Violet Lansberry Memorial Trot for three-year-old Pennsylvania Sire Stakes B Group fillies at the Driving Park Tuesday.

CLEARFIELD — On an overcast afternoon when Todd Schadel virtually clinched the Charles “Buster” DiSalvo Trophy for most driving victories at the Clearfield County Fair harness racing meet, masterful drives by Steve Schoeffel with Broadway Voyage for a win at the wire and Aaron Johnston with Broadway Kabam for a stirring comeback win drew the loudest roars from the Driving Park crowd Tuesday.

Schadel increased his three-program win total to nine with a pair of wire-to-wire trips behind Critical Hanover in the first race and Cfour Po in the eighth and last dash for three-year-old trotters in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes.

Far back with three wins is perennial DiSalvo Trophy recipient or challenger Roger Hammer, who guided Blow Back to victory in the second race, and he would need a miracle to overtake Schadel since he is listed to be in the bike for only four races Wednesday, though catch-drives would be a possibility.

Critical Hanover’s win in the Chester C. Chidboy Memorial Filly A Group Trot was her third in a row on the Pennsylvania fair circuit, a little over a week after matching the Lycoming County Fair divisional record of 2:01.4 on the Hughesville oval.

Schadel and the bay sophomore he trains for wife Christine and son Cody of Spring Glen were pressured from the half to the top of the stretch by Aaron Johnston and Bellamente before pulling away for a four-length victory in 2:03.4.

Critical Hanover’s lifetime earnings for 26 races, including seven wins, have soared to $48,654, almost half already this year in 13 starts.

The day’s finale for Schadel and Cfour Po was anticlimactic after Hesaboynamedsioux, the only other entry in the Bob Schucker Memorial Colt and Gelding B Group Trot, broke going into the first turn.

That left them all alone for the twicearound that resulted in a 2:11.2 score by 25¾ lengths for the bay gelding owned by Tony and trainer Linda Schadel of Sacramento, Pa.

After going winless in 12 starts as a two-year-old, Cfour Po has been first three times in 13 races this year to up his career purses to $25,707.

The other B Group fillies produced the back-to-back thrillers in races six and seven.

Schoeffel kept Broadway Voyage in the pocket while Woman Possessed, driven by Dave Brickell, and Keystone Victoria, driven by Schadel, dueled throughout the Violet Lansberry Memorial Trot.

Until the final turn.

Broadway Voyage was second by two lengths for the straightaway before tracking down Keystone Victoria in the final strides to win by a neck in 2:07.

The bay filly is trained by Jason Shaw for his young son Mason. She has four wins and $13,384 in purses in 32 lifetime starts.

Johnston and Broadway Kabam, unraced as a two-year-old, followed with what ranks as one of the great last-to-first performances in Clearfield County Fair history.

The brown filly owned by Jodi and Kaylee Martin of Stoneboro and trained by Fred Uber Jr. went off gait well before the starting line and still was 18 lengths back in third place after Explosive Bubbles’ 32.1 first quarter.

A break by Mixtext Hanover gave Broadway Kabam the second spot and she was able to narrow the gap to 5½ lengths going past the grandstand the first time.

Just three-quarters of length behind coming out of the final turn, Broadway Kabam went on to win for the second time in just four starts by 3¾ lengths with a 2:08.3 clocking.

Hammer and Blow Back, which quickly erased Critical Hanover from the Lycoming Fair record books with a 2:01.1 trip the same day, were in front all the way in the Dave and Lynn Franson Memorial Filly A Group Trot, but their win didn’t come easy.

They were challenged by Schoeffel and Tell Me Something the entire last half with their lead only a head at the three-quarter pole and a quarter-length for the head-to-head stretch run.

Blow Back hit the wire three-quarters of a length ahead in 2:04.2.

Hammer’s outstanding brown filly he trains and co-owns with Vicki Lynn Fair of Bedford padded her lifetime earnings to $50,364 with her 10th win in 33 starts. They’ve pocketed $35,958 in 17 races this year.

After his three rivals all went off gait, Johnston and Willie B Worthy wound up with the lead down the backstretch the second time and went on to win the Ward Fink Memorial Colt and Gelding A Group Trot, going under the wire 1½ lengths ahead of Tymal Advocate, driven by Wayne Long.

The time of the bay gelding’s third win of the year and sixth in 19 lifetime starts was 2:05. Most of his $22,550 in purses for 11 races this year have come at The Meadows.

Lisa Dunn owns and trains Willie B Worthy, whose lifetime mark is 1:57.4 set as a longshot at Pocono Downs in early June.

Long came right back in the Margaret Haney Memorial Cold and Gelding A Group Trot to guide Grapple Hanover to victory by two lengths in 2:05.

Long also trains the bay gelding for owners William Kreutzer of Rural Valley and Denton Barrett of Dayton.

He’s been in the money 19 times in 30 lifetime starts, with eight wins and $27,119 in purses.

The third PSS Colt and Gelding A Group dash produced another crowd-pleasing finish as What A Hunk, driven by Eric Neal, overtook Schoeffel and Eiffel Hanover in deep stretch to claim the Foster Kerr Memorial cooler blanket.

Owned by Susan Daugherty of Mercer and trained by William Daugherty, the bay gelding trotted the mile in 2:04.4 to best Eiffel Hanover by three-quarters of a length.

What A Hunk, which established a new mark of 1:57.1 by winning an $11,400 race at The Meadows July 18, sports five wins in 28 lifetime starts and earnings of $65,302.

Seven races featuring three-year-old Pennsylvania Sire Stakes pacers will wrap up the four-day program Wednesday. The 26 sophomores be racing for purses totaling $29,250.

Tuesday’s results, with horse’s name, number in parenthesis, and driver’s name:

PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY A GROUP TROT

Chester C. Chidboy Memorial Division ($5,375) – 1. Critical Hanover (4), T. Schadel; 2. Bellamente (5), A. Johnston; 3. Secret Cookie (2), D. Brickell; 4. Shelovesutwo (1), E. Neal; 4. Adorably (3), S. Schoeffel. TIME: 2:03.4.

PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY A GROUP TROT

Dave & Lynn Franson Memorial Division ($5,375) – 1. Blow Back (1), R. Hammer; 2. Tell Me Something (4), S. Schoeffel; 3. Keystone Carly (2), T. Schadel; 4. Lightning Lois (3), E. Neal; 5. Famous Dilemma (5), A. Johnston. TIME: 2:04.2.

PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING A GROUP TROT

Ward Fink Memorial Division ($4,050) – 1. Willie B Worthy (4), A. Johnston; 2. Tymal Advocate (3), W. Long; 3. Exuberance (2), R. Hammer; 4. Bela’s Bad Boy (1), T. Schadel. TIME: 2:05.

PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING A GROUP TROT

Margaret Haney Memorial Division ($4,050) – 1. Grapple Hanover (4), W. Long; 2. Dream Smasher (3), S. Schoeffel; 3. Yougottabecrazy (2), E. Neal; 4. Possess The Stone (1), A. Johnston. TIME: 2:05.

PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING A GROUP TROT

Foster Kerr Memorial Division ($3,975) – 1. What A Hunk (1), E. Neal; 2. Eiffel Hanover (2), S. Schoeffel; 3. Alvisi Hanover (3), T. Schadel. TIME: 2:04.4.

PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY B GROUP TROT

Violet Lansberry Memorial Division ($2,650) – 1. Broadway Voyage (1), S. Schoeffel; 2. Keystone Victoria (2), T. Schadel; 3. Woman Possessed (3), D. Brickell. TIME: 2:07.

PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY B GROUP TROT

Dawson & Chandler Memorial Division ($2,650) – 1. Broadway Kabam (2), A. Johnston; 2. Explosive Bubbles (1), S. Schoeffel; 3. Mixtext Hanover (3), R. Rougeaux III. TIME: 2:08.3.

PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING B GROUP TROT

Bob Schucker Memorial Division – 1. Cfour Po (1), T. Schadel; 2. Hesaboynamedsioux (2), A. Johnston. TIME: 2:11.2.

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